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Nominations sought for student leaderships awards

Each year, Student Alliance and the Campus Activities Board host the Student Leadership Banquet, which recognizes students for their contributions to the campus.

This year’s banquet, with the theme “Grow Where You Are Planted,” will be held March 28 in the Goei Center, 818 Butterworth St. SW. Doors open at 5 p.m. All student organizations, advisors, faculty, staff, and award nominees are encouraged to attend. You can RSVP online through 5 p.m. March 14.

Students, staff and faculty can nominate people for awards that will be given out during the banquet by filling out an online form:

  • Benhem Service and Civic Engagement Award — Goes to a student enrolled during the 2018-19 academic year who has a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and has shown leadership in service and civic engagement initiatives.
  • Brian Kloet Campus Involvement Award — Goes to a student enrolled during the 2018-19 academic year who has a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA and has established a cross-college interest in campus live and has helped promote the overall college experience through outstanding citizenship.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award — Goes to a student enrolled during the 2018-19 academic year who exemplifies the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through community involvement and campus life and who seeks to bring change by promoting  his philosophy.
  • Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award — Goes to a student enrolled during the 2018-19 academic year who has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills throughout the community or college.
  • Jerry Benham Award for Staff or Faculty — Goes to a current GRCC staff or faculty member who actively supports students and acts as a mentor and role model for leadership development; gives time and resources selflessly and advocates for students; projects a positive attitude and image toward students and other GRCC community members; develops and encourages students’ thoughts and ideas; and does not have involvement in student activities as part of their job description.
  • New Student Organization of the Year — Recognizes an outstanding new student organization, formed or revived during the current academic year, that has created and sustained an inclusive and creative group.
  • Student Organization of the Year — Recognizes an outstanding student organization that demonstrates unity within the group and benefits the GRCC community significantly through programs, service or inclusion.
  • Project, Event or Program of the Year — Recognizes an organization, or multiple organizations, that worked to plan, implement and promote a single project or event, or a series of events, during the year.

Native American Student Organization hosts documentary, discussion

More than 60 people came to watch the documentary “More Than a Word” last week.

The event, sponsored by GRCC’s Native American Student Organization, included a panel discussion featuring:

  • Dillon Carr, assistant professor of Anthropology.
  • Associate professor and counselor Andre Fields.
  • Belinda Bardwell, a member of Grand Valley State University’s Native American Advisory Council.
  • Lynn LaPointe, from the state Department of Education’s Indigenous Education Initiative.

NASO would like to thank the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, the GRCC bookstore, the College Success Center, The Collegiate, Media Technologies, Student Alliance, GRCC Filmmakers, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, the Latino Network Newsletter, the Anishinaabe Circle, and Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Native American Education program.

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Learn about resources at Mental Health and Wellness Fair

Learn about resources available at GRCC and in Grand Rapids as a whole during the Mental Health and Wellness Fair, 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Raider Grille.

Representatives from groups that can help with mental health  issues, substance abuse, food and housing insecurity, and sexual and domestic violence will be there, along with therapy dogs and a henna artist. Further details can be found on Raider Connect.

Food, snack pantries available to students

GRCC’s Student Life Office and Student Alliance run the Student Food Pantry, which offers nonperishable food and basic necessities.

To use the pantry, you must complete a form and bring it to the Student Life Office (on the Student Center’s first floor). Someone from Student Life will get in touch with you after reviewing your application.

GRCC also has several snack pantries around campus. You don’t fill out any forms — just take something if you’re hungry, or leave something if you’re able.

You’ll find snack pantries:

  • in the English Department’s outer lobby at 400 College Park Plaza.
  • on the third floor of the Student Center.
  • across from the elevators in Sneden Hall.
  • in the GRCC library’s main lobby, just inside the entrance.

Student Success Story: Marcus Barissi

Marcus Barissi
Marcus Barissi

Grand Rapids Community College gave an aspiring anesthesiologist a second chance at academic success.

Marcus Barissi was an honors student and athlete from middle school on until chronic medical problems left him behind in the high school classroom his freshman year. His frustration led him to eventually drop out and get his GED diploma. He admits that enrolling at GRCC wasn’t his first choice.

“When I started at GRCC, I didn’t want to accept the fact I couldn’t attend my dream school right away, so I chose to sulk around and feel sorry for myself,” he said.

But he decided that he didn’t want to waste any more time and got involved. He made friends in Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, and as a member of GRCC’s Student Alliance. He attended local, regional and national conferences and worked on a college-wide suicide prevention project.

His hard work in the classroom led to success that built his confidence. He received the Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award and was named Outstanding Biology Student for 2017-2018 and was a member of the All-Michigan Academic Team. This spring, he was one of 89 students inducted into Delta Pi Alpha, recognition goes only to the top 5 percent of the graduating class.

“Academically, I was completely surprised by the rigor of GRCC courses,” Barissi said. “After two years and 80 credits of challenging courses, I feel much more prepared for the next chapter of my life. All my professors have made me feel included and wanted.”

With what he’s learned from professor Greg Forbes, in the Biological Sciences Department, he feels ready to transfer to the University of Michigan.

“Without him, I don’t believe I would have been as prepared for the rigor of my biology degree, let alone my medical degree,” Barissi said. “Relationships such as these have redefined my understanding of how a student interacts with an instructor. Instead of looking down and trying to ignore your instructor, which is what I consistently did before, I’ve discovered it is important to create true friendships, potentially long-lasting ones, that can benefit you in the future.”

Forbes said Barissi is not only intelligent and motivated but also courteous and supportive of his fellow students.

“Marcus is a model student whom other students clearly recognize as worth emulating,” Forbes said. “He is destined to make this world a better place to live.

“The world needs more people like Marcus!”

Barissi will receive an Associate of Science at GRCC’s commencement, which starts at 7 p.m. April 27 in the fieldhouse.

Workshop looks at planning for success

You use GPS when you’re traveling to an unfamiliar destination — but what’s your personal GPS on the route to success? And even if you think you have a plan, what’s your contingency if it takes a sudden turn off course?

Attorney Rasheed Ali Cromwell will present a free workshop on Seeds of Success: Next Level Leadership — open to students, faculty and staff — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 in the ATC auditorium.

The session, a collaboration between Student Alliance, the Woodrick Center and the Campus Climate CAP, will help you create a route,  direction and blueprint for professional development as a college student.

Questions? Contact Tambor Bustance at tbustance@grcc.edu or Sophia Brewer at sbrewer@grcc.edu.